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Information on the latest vitamin D news and research.

Find out more information on deficiency, supplementation, sun exposure, and how vitamin D relates to your health.

Are recent Canadian immigrants being tested and screened adequately?

A new study found that recent Canadian immigrants are tested for vitamin D deficiency at a lower rate than other patient groups.

As discussed in previous articles, recent immigrants are at an especially high risk for vitamin D deficiency due to moving to a new environment. They are at a particularly increased risk if they are moving from places near the equator to northern latitudes, essentially moving from an environment of constant sun exposure and vitamin D production to an area of minimal sun exposure and vitamin D production.

When looking at vitamin D testing from a public health standpoint, it is important to acknowledge those at risk for vitamin D deficiency and to effectively screen and treat that deficiency. As mentioned, immigrants are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency yet often have marginal access to medical care in their new country’s health practices.

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  About: Amber Tovey

Amber is the Program Manager for the Vitamin D Council. Her responsibilities include writing articles, editing, fundraising and brainstorming ways for the VDC to grow. Outside of work, she loves to enjoy the beautiful hills, beaches and sunshine in the Central Coast of California.